It is easy for even the most mature believer to get into a rut and find that living for the Lord is a burden rather than a blessing. We usually get into this state through disobedience and sin. It is obvious to us that we need personal revival when our hearts are growing colder towards the things of God and His people.
We need a touch from God
“In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne” (Isaiah 6:1).
Israel had become used to Uzziah’s reign, but his death brought national uncertainty. It was probably this feeling of uncertainty that drove the prophet Isaiah to seek God’s face. What started out as a prayer became a full-blown vision of the awesome glory of the Lord. Do we feel our need for a fresh touch of God in our lives too?
Our God reigns
“In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke” (Isaiah 6:1-4).
Uzziah (also known as Azariah, see 2 Kings 15) was dead, but God was still on His Throne! The death of the king did not cause Him concern, for He was still working to plan. Life may deal us some nasty surprises, but we must always remind ourselves that the Lord reigns. We feel as though we are falling apart at times, but God is still in control. “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).
Yes, God is on the Throne of Heaven, but let us not forget that He is absolutely pure and holy. The angelic beings covered their faces in the glory of God’s holiness. The foundations of the Heavenly Temple shook at the power of that holiness. What is this saying to us? If the angels and inanimate objects tremble in the presence of God, then so should we. We will never have a cold or hard heart if we truly believed that God reigns in glorious holiness.
“Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts” (Isaiah 6:5).
Isaiah understood his true state as soon as He saw the Lord. He did not compare his life with that of others, but instead he saw how sinful he was in God’s sight. If we really want to experience personal revival then we are going to have to deal with even the smallest sin in our lives. Notice that the prophet confessed his sin before God and records the fact in his book. It does not matter how holy others think we are, instead we must concern ourselves with how we appear in the eyes of God.
“Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged” (Isaiah 6:6-7).
God revealed His holiness and glory to Isaiah, not to destroy him, but to encourage him to seek His face. Once the prophet did that and repented of his sin, then God blessed him by forgiving him. No matter how much our lives are messed up, God has the means to restore us. There is always cleansing for those who repent. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18) … “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). He has promised to destroy our sin not us. “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12).
Hearing God’s voice
“Also I heard the voice of the Lord” (Isaiah 6:8).
As soon as sin is dealt with, and our hearts are cleansed, we will be sensitive to hear the voice of the Lord for ourselves. His word will be fresh, powerful and encouraging once again.
“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me” (Isaiah 6:8).
This is probably where we got into a rut in the first place, but it has to come full circle so that we come to terms with obedience. Faithful obedience to God automatically sets our feet on the solid rock of His word. “I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD” (Psalm 40:1-3) … “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock” (Matthew 7:24).
If we are willing to respond to God’s call, then He has a wonderful mission for us to fulfil. He will anoint us with His Spirit the moment we yield ourselves to Him.
Do we dare seek God’s face? Are we willing for Him to search our hearts? We will have that personal revival as soon as we allow Him to cleanse us from all that offends Him. “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).